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About Moscow

Once a popular setting for spy movies and Cold War propaganda films, Moscow has emerged as a major tourist destination, helped in part by the easier access provided by river cruising. And justifiably so: For Americans brought up during the pre-perestroika era, strolling through Red Square and exploring the city without the minders that used to be required can be an emotional and exhilarating experience.

If St. Petersburg is the soul of Russia, Moscow is its heart, an international marketplace where business gets done and young people come to work (and play). Capitalism has caught on in a big way, and conspicuous consumption is everywhere, judging by the Ferraris, Maybachs and Porsches seen on the street. Prices are sky high at trendy cafes -- sushi is the current Muscovite cuisine of choice -- and nightclubs. That being said, you can still find bargain eats along the Old Arbat (a pedestrian walkway catering to tourists) and at the chain restaurants that Russians themselves use.

Although Moscow has a well-earned reputation for traffic, it's a greener city than you'd think, with a ring of parks running next to major streets and many others (including the famed Gorky) within the city center. This green belt provides a fascinating opportunity to observe Russians in their daily life; you'll see kids scrambling on playgrounds, young adults reading their iPads and old men competing in chess tournaments.

The Cyrillic alphabet can make getting around a little challenging -- very few signs are in English. But the Moscow Metro, notable for its grand interiors and stunning artwork, offers more than 180 stops and goes everywhere you need to be. (It's also loads cleaner than U.S. counterparts.) Your cruise line or concierge should have maps that have stops in both English and Cyrillic letters.

If you're here on a river cruise, you'll have at least two full days to explore the city -- and you'll need it. Consider coming a day or two early to take it all in. Besides the famed onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin alone contains nine churches and several museums, including the Diamond Fund with its must-see royal jewels. Cultural performances, including those at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theater, take place almost every night. Dive in and be prepared to have your stereotypes shattered.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Moscow

    Leaving:
    St. Petersburg
    Visiting:
    St. Petersburg, Svir River ... see more
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    12 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 2
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 3
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 4
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 5
      Svir River
    • Day 6
      Kizhi
    • Day 7
      Kuzino
    • Day 8
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 9
      Uglich
    • Day 10
      Moscow
    • Day 11
      Moscow
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      Moscow
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      Moscow
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    Viking Helgi - Viking River Cruises

    Viking Helgi specializes in Russia river cruises

    Cultural highlights include beautiful cathedrals

    Eight single cabins are a rare find on river boats

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    Like its fleetmates, Viking Ingvar and Viking Truvor, Viking Helgi offers "Waterways of the Cza...

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    Pavinrb
    Sail Date May 2019
    Great River Cruise through Russia
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    Often Travelling
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    A very interesting and information insight to the life of Russia and its people.
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Moscow

    Leaving:
    St. Petersburg
    Visiting:
    St. Petersburg, Mandrogi ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    14 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 2
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 3
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 4
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 5
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 6
      Mandrogi
    • Day 7
      Kizhi
    • Day 8
      Goritsy
    • Day 9
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 10
      Uglich
    • Day 11
      Moscow
    • Day 12
      Moscow
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      Moscow
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      Moscow
    • Day 15
      Moscow
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    Scenic Tsar - Scenic

    Tours, tips and wine with meals included in fare

    Cruises Russia's rivers

    Boutique, small, intimate ship

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    The 112-passenger Scenic Tsar was relaunched in 2012. It's not a new riverboat, but the refurbi...

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    Bri n Dot
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Changing our perceptions of Russia
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Trip of a Lifetime
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Moscow

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    12 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Moscow
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      Moscow
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      Moscow
    • Day 4
      Moscow
    • Day 5
      Uglich
    • Day 6
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 7
      Kuzino
    • Day 8
      Kizhi
    • Day 9
      Mandrogi
    • Day 10
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 11
      St. Petersburg
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      St. Petersburg
    • Day 13
      St. Petersburg
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    Viking Truvor - Viking River Cruises

    Viking Truvor specializes in Russia river cruises

    Major renovation in 2013

    All cabins have river views; two-thirds have private verandas

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Despite political pressures that have created one of the chilliest travel climates in Russia si...

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    John Minns
    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful cruise
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    Sail Date May 2019
    Wonderful cruise
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Moscow

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    Moscow, Uglich ... see more
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    12 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Moscow
    • Day 2
      Moscow
    • Day 3
      Moscow
    • Day 4
      Moscow
    • Day 5
      Uglich
    • Day 6
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 7
      Kuzino
    • Day 8
      Kizhi
    • Day 9
      Mandrogi
    • Day 10
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 11
      St. Petersburg
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      St. Petersburg
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      St. Petersburg
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    Viking Akun - Viking River Cruises

    Pros

    ** Spacious, Scandi-chic cabins; friendly service and a comprehensive enrichment program for true immersion

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    ** No wellness or fitness facilities on board; plastic straws still being used

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    ** A river cruise combining the Viking signature style with a high standard of onboard enrichment and excursions

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    5.0/5
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    rslebmo
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Perfect in every way
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Wonderful experience!
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  • 12 Night
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    12 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 2
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 3
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 4
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 5
      Svir River
    • Day 6
      Kizhi
    • Day 7
      Kuzino
    • Day 8
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 9
      Uglich
    • Day 10
      Moscow
    • Day 11
      Moscow
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      Moscow
    • Day 13
      Moscow
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    Viking Truvor - Viking River Cruises

    Viking Truvor specializes in Russia river cruises

    Major renovation in 2013

    All cabins have river views; two-thirds have private verandas

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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Despite political pressures that have created one of the chilliest travel climates in Russia si...

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    mrssinger
    Sail Date Aug 2018
    Once in a Lifetime Trip!
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    Sail Date Sep 2018
    River Crising without Drama
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  • 12 Night
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    Moscow, Uglich ... see more
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    12 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Moscow
    • Day 2
      Moscow
    • Day 3
      Moscow
    • Day 4
      Moscow
    • Day 5
      Uglich
    • Day 6
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 7
      Kuzino
    • Day 8
      Kizhi
    • Day 9
      Mandrogi
    • Day 10
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 11
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 12
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 13
      St. Petersburg
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    Viking Helgi - Viking River Cruises

    Viking Helgi specializes in Russia river cruises

    Cultural highlights include beautiful cathedrals

    Eight single cabins are a rare find on river boats

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    Like its fleetmates, Viking Ingvar and Viking Truvor, Viking Helgi offers "Waterways of the Cza...

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    kenrick
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Good way to visit Russia
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Pleasantly surprised by Russia
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Moscow

    Leaving:
    Moscow
    Visiting:
    Moscow, Uglich ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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    11 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)
    • Day 1
      Moscow
    • Day 2
      Moscow
    • Day 3
      Moscow
    • Day 4
      Uglich
    • Day 5
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 6
      Goritsy
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Mandrogi
    • Day 9
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 10
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 11
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 12
      St. Petersburg
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    River Victoria - Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

    All outside cabins; many with real balconies

    Regional cultural activities and entertainment

    Free Wi-Fi in public areas

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    Uniworld Boutique River Cruises re-launched River Victoria in 2011 after an extensive refurb (i...

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    Cruising-Jim
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Wonderful Uniworld River Cruise, Moscow to St. Petersburg
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    Sail Date Jul 2018
    Not up to Uniworld standards
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Moscow

    Leaving:
    St. Petersburg
    Visiting:
    St. Petersburg, Svir River ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 2
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 3
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 4
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 5
      Svir River
    • Day 6
      Kizhi
    • Day 7
      Kuzino
    • Day 8
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 9
      Uglich
    • Day 10
      Moscow
    • Day 11
      Moscow
    • Day 12
      Moscow
    • Day 13
      Moscow
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    Viking Rurik - Viking River Cruises

    Company-owned ship completely refurbished in 2012

    More time in St. Petersburg and Moscow than ocean cruise

    Russian language lessons, vodka tastings and program directors

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    There's something about Russia that stumps even the most intrepid traveler. The language is dau...

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    Edaskland
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    One of the Best Cruises We've Been on
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    Sail Date Jun 2013
    Spectacular 2013 Viking Russian River Cruise -- Exceeded Every Expectation
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Moscow

    Leaving:
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    Visiting:
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    Cruise Line:
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    12 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 2
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 3
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 4
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 5
      Svir River
    • Day 6
      Kizhi
    • Day 7
      Kuzino
    • Day 8
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 9
      Uglich
    • Day 10
      Moscow
    • Day 11
      Moscow
    • Day 12
      Moscow
    • Day 13
      Moscow
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    Viking Ingvar - Viking River Cruises

    Viking Ingvar specializes in Russia river cruises

    Cultural highlights include fortified monasteries

    All cabins offer river views

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    Viking Ingvar sails the 13-night "Waterways of the Czars" themed trips between St. Petersburg a...

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    lanebailey51
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    The Waterways of the Tsars, from Moscow to St. Petersburg
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Fabulous time!
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Moscow

    Leaving:
    Moscow
    Visiting:
    Moscow, Uglich ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    14 Night Cruise to Moscow Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Moscow
    • Day 2
      Moscow
    • Day 3
      Moscow
    • Day 4
      Moscow
    • Day 5
      Moscow
    • Day 6
      Uglich
    • Day 7
      Yaroslavl
    • Day 8
      Goritsy
    • Day 9
      Kizhi
    • Day 10
      Mandrogi
    • Day 11
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 12
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 13
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 14
      St. Petersburg
    • Day 15
      St. Petersburg
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    Scenic Tsar - Scenic

    Tours, tips and wine with meals included in fare

    Cruises Russia's rivers

    Boutique, small, intimate ship

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    The 112-passenger Scenic Tsar was relaunched in 2012. It's not a new riverboat, but the refurbi...

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    Blaise Buic
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Russia was genuinely surprising and awe inspiring.
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Highlights of Russia
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